© Sissel Thastum | I am here when you are here | 2014

© Sissel Thastum | I am here when you are here | 2014

The Independent AIR

Our organisation was created as a reaction to an increasing individualism and lack of community, as well as an aim for independence from the commercial and institutional demands of the art world. Our goal is to strengthen community values and development through networks rather than supporting individualism. This do not only reflects our attitude towards art but our world view in general.

We want to create space and possibilities for artists to relate to the increasing ecological and social crises the world is facing in this Anthropocene era and the global challenges that are ever present. Art and culture can and must take part and take a stance! Through our activities we try to promote the investigative, profound and experimental, as well as focusing on the state of the planet and seek new ways.
The independent AIR is an environmentally sustainable cultural project at all levels. We mainly work with visual art and photography, but we are branching out to include creative writing and other artis forms as well. Collaboration with other professions such as researcher, scientists, biologists etc. are starting to take shape and we are curious to see what will come out of it.

We run all activities as environmentally sustainable as possible and we try to inspirer our participants and collaborators to make sustainable choices as well. Reed more about our sustainable practise and find our handbook for sustainable choices in photography at www.independentsustainability.com

The Independent AIR was founded as a non-profit organisation in 2013 with its main focus on emerging photographic artists. The organisation has since developed into an internationally recognised supportive and sustainable community of practice, production and experimentation. We have organised everything from group residencies, master classes, exhibitions to artist talks, symposiums, seminars and photographic workshops both in Denmark and internationally.
The Independent AIR is run by a small team, supported by our advisory board. The organisation and is financially sustained through private and governmental grants as well as sponsorships. From 2014 - 2017, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture has financially supported us as an official Culture Capital project.

The main team consists of Sissel Thastum, Line Thastum and Stinus Duch. The advisory board consists of Trine Søndergård, Catarina Fontoura, Jens Erik Bæk and Adam Jeppesen.